International Pop superstar Taylor Swift recently wrote a letter speaking out against Apple’s new Apple Music, and now her superstar friends are coming to her aid on social media. On the morning of Sunday, June 21, Taylor Swift wrote a letter on her Tumblr page explaining why her newest album, 1989, will not be available on Apple’s new streaming service, Apple Music.
In the letter, Taylor writes, “I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”
We do have to admit, just because Apple Music is free for the fans, it should not mean that the artists, producers, and writers behind the music should not be paid. There is a lot of work that goes into creating original music and if an artist does not want to give their music away for free, it should not be forced upon them by streaming services.
Taylor Swift goes onto say, “These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of very artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.”
Even though Taylor Swift may not be our favorite celebrity, we think it is highly respectable of Swift to speak out against something that is taking the music industry by storm. Streaming service, such as Apple Music, end up taking advantage of various artists, and cost singers, writers, and producers, a lot of money. To be completely honest, it is not fair, and no artist should have to work for free.
Now, other artists are coming to Taylor’s defense. Jack Antonoff started by sharing Swift’s argument on Twitter and added, “Powerful and important.” Then, Cristina Perri responded to Taylor Swift’s message and said, “This is so amazing. Thank you for writing this Taylor Swift.” Even Elvis Costello chimed in on the action and said, “A word from our future President. Right on. You tell ‘em, girl.”
Taylor Swift ended her argument with a valid point by saying, “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
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